The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance
Now in paperback, the fascinating, quirky, highly acclaimed book about that indispensable object, the pencil. Petroski traces its origins back to ancient Greece and Rome, writes factually and charmingly about its development, and shows what the pencil can teach us about engineering and technology today.
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